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Video: The Coaching Architect

A few days ago I gave a talk at the Architect Meetup here in Oslo. It was about the role of the architect, and how to become a coaching architect. I hope you enjoy this video.


If you want to join me for a two day workshop on elastic leadership, I am running a two day elastic workshop here in Oslo, on February 28-29 2013. For details just contact me. Or you can attend this workshop in London during April.


Elastic, Agile, Adaptive Leadership Workshop, January 31 2013, Oslo

This January, the 31st, I will be giving a two day Workshop for team leaders, architects, and scrum masters, titled Elastic, Agile, Adaptive Leadership.

If you’re interested in joining, please contact me directly (or email roy at so I can save you a seat. We need only two more people to finalize course registration. I’ll be happy to see one of my blog readers there!


In this 2 day workshop, 30% of the time is dedicated to exercises. we will cover:

  • The three basic stages of team abilities (Survival, Learning, Self Organization),
  • Elastic leadership concepts
  • The leader manifesto and reasoning
  • Influence forces and understanding why people do what they do
  • How to grow your team to be self organizing
  • Why most team's are not really ready to become agile yet (and what to do about it)
  • How to deal with difficult behavior in the team.
  • How to lead self organizing teams
  • Comparing elastic leadership with the cynefin framework and other frameworks.

Audience: Architects, Technical and non technical team leaders, scrum masters, soon-to-be leaders, project managers, senior developers, consultants. No experience in management needed, but at least one year experience working/leading in a software team.

This is based on my book “Notes to a Software Team Leader

This will be held at Bouvet Oslo HQ, with the cost of 11,900 NOK per person (includes food).

Again, f you’re interested in joining, please contact me directly (or email roy at so I can save you a seat.


Things to consider when building a new team

Look for inherent knowledge creating experts(leaders)

A potential leader is someone who is a bottleneck. an expert. They can become a leader by coaching and sharing on that knowledge. Architects are a good example.

If you get to choose the people who will be in your team, I would look for people who are leaders in specific fields, but that are willing to teach and share their knowledge.

These are the people that will make sure they are not the only expert on technology X in your team.


Look for people who like to speak publicly

They make great teachers, and are great at sharing knowledge.

Look for people who work well together

If people already have fun working together, everyone benefits.

Look for people willing to sit with everyone else

If you can get the whole tea in the same room easily, communication wins.

Look for people that COULD make you feel stupid if they wanted to, but make you feel great to be around them instead.

There aren’t many of those, but people skills are the wheels that drive a good team. Knowledge is the oil.


Look for people with time

If they start out not having time to learn (survival mode), you are already starting a race with the odds against the team. I would rather have a person with potential that is not doing any other projects currently, than a person with the realized potential, that is doing two other projects at the same time.


The idea is not to create the perfect team, but to create the perfect soup mix. Get ingredients that grow and assemble as they come close to each other, that with the right mix of love and care, can grow to be bigger than the parts.

If you build a team, build a team that has the best potential to grow leaders within in the future, because you won’t find the perfect team today.


Video (Hebrew): On Time, With Quality? Yeah Right.

A few months ago I gave a talk at at secret military base in Israel. It was for some of the future tech leaders growing in the womb of Israel's technical military units. It talks about leadership, and how to make it more effective, and accomplishing difficult things.



Video: Lejla Giske on Listening Modes and Techniques

while at bouvet here in Norway, I'm getting to meet lots of interesting new people. It's a shame for those conversations to go to waste, so if they are interesting, I record what they have to say (not my job descriotion, I'm just having fun doing this on the side).

Today I met with Lejla Giske, a consultant here, who coaches people about people skills. As a student of these topics I found her ideas about listening modes very interesting. if you want to contact her to ask questions, just email her directly (no blog yet...mayebe sometime soon?)

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